What is chrome.exe?

The genuine chrome.exe file is a software component of Google Chrome by Google.
Chrome.exe is an executable file that runs the Google Chrome Web Browser, a free software program that displays web pages. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Google Chrome was initially released in 2008. Since that time, it has gone on to acquire roughly 51% of worldwide usage share for web browsers. A majority of the browser's code is open source. Google Chrome features a stable, secure, fast and simple interface. It stands out from other web browser owing to its minimalist UI. Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Ph.D. students at Stanford. Google has since grown into one of the biggest companies in the world, offering hundreds of services, including webmail (Gmail), cloud storage (Google Drive), office software (Google Docs) and social networking services (Google+). Alexa, which provides web traffic data, lists Google as the world's most visited website. Its popularity has led to huge media coverage, including a major critique of the company over copyright, censorship, and privacy issues. Google is headquartered in Googleplex, Mountain View, California, USA.

Chrome stands for Google Chrome

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the chrome.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Chrome.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with chrome
Chrome.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Google Chrome or Chromium or or crxbro or Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) Client Application or 11111 or Amigo or AutoIt v3 Script

belongs to software Google Chrome or Chromium or Adobe SVG Viewer or Idle Crawler or Google Chrome Canary or or crxbro or Secure Chromium

by Google ( or The Chromium Authors or The crxbro Authors or AutoIt Team or Maple Studio or 11111 or Microsoft ( or The jIxmRfR Authors.

Description: Chrome.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Chrome.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 813,896 bytes (9% of all occurrences), 741,704 bytes and 185 more variants. 
The chrome.exe file is not a Windows core file. The chrome.exe file is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The program is not visible. Chrome.exe is able to manipulate other programs, record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program Adobe SVG Viewer or Google Chrome, update it, or try to get help from the software vendor. Click on to update it, click on to visit the vendor's website, or click on Adobe SVG Viewer or Google Chrome in Windows Control Panel (section Software or Programs) to uninstall it.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as chrome.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Packed.Generic.348 or Trojan.ADH (detected by Symantec), and TROJ_GEN.RC1CDA6 or TROJ_SPNR.06I612 (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the chrome.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Google Chrome has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

webroser like firefox its actualy a good one
this is extremely not dangerous. this is a web browser like mozilla firefox and internet explorer.
  Luke DUke  
Google Crome, a famous web browser
  metoo   (further information)
Google Chrome Web Browser
  SB   (further information)
internet conektion
chrome.exe is part of the Chromium open-source browser project. It is different than Google Chrome browser although it uses the same executable name. The vendor for the Chromium will contain "The Chromium Authors" and the product will contain "Chromium". The path for the Chromium chrome.exe will usually contain the word Chromium or ChromePlus.
  Elena   (further information)
I checked in since my browser recently uses a lot of memory and slows the computer like hell, time by time, uses more and more memory
Google chrome is very trustworthy, it takes up alot of memory though. I use it all the time.
  Kirby   (further information)
good browser, but not as good as FF
Its fast,makes it easier for me to find what ever I'm searching for and I can leave a web sites unsafe alot faster then explorer.
Google Chrome is a browser that is extremely trustworthy, but takes up TONS of RAM and CPU Usage. If you have a laptop that has 2 GB of RAM or less, I advise that you do not use Google Chrome, and opt for smaller browsers like Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Its the web browser google chrome, but uses eats up RAM
  Daniel   (further information)
google chrome modules
Malicious in some folders, safe in others
Its a famous browser but uses 30-70 CPU
Google Chrome is a browser. It is quite not dangerus.
  Safdar Gondal  
just a question. If Chrome. exe is in the sub folder of windows which is prefetch, what then
Webbrowser by Google. Check the Settings, there you can disable the Option for sending Data to google.
  Clemens   (further information)
it lets you search stuff up
this file is the most most most important file to run Google chrome. the new chrome is now out of user folder and now in Program files. there more than 1 chrome.exe can be found on task manager. 1 process for each tab. now in my pc, there are 3 chrome.exe was running.
  me.LK   (further information)
Google confessed about bundling spyware with Chrome. Also hogs CPU alot. Firefox is way better.
  Banement I  
good browser

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of chrome.exe: based on 36 votes with 22 user comments. 18 users think chrome.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 7 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 3 users think chrome.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade chrome.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving chrome issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with chrome. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the chrome.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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